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Trail dedication in Gladstone

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press The Delta County Non-motorized Trails (DCNT) organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Little Bay de Noc Trail Tuesday. DCNT board members Tony Lambert, Laurie Johnson, Lori Aho, Kathy Mason and Howie Wilson gathered at the trailhead ...

Local recycling efforts fare better in tough market

ESCANABA — Recent worldwide developments related to recycling have negatively impacted recycling programs across the United States — including a program in Delta County. However, Delta Solid Waste Management Authority (DSWMA) Manager Don Pyle said steps are being taken to ensure the ...

Crash in global recycling market forces hard choices

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the ...

Local high water levels starting to recede

ESCANABA — Though water levels on rivers in Delta County are not quite as high as they were last week, Delta/Schoolcraft County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Berbohm said these levels are still higher than is typical for this time of year. “They’re starting to normalize, if you ...

Career drug dealer gets two decades in prison

MARQUETTE — Derrick “Bam” Samuels was sentenced to 20 years in prison following multiple federal drug convictions for his involvement in distributing heroin in the Gwinn area from 2008 until the spring of 2017. Samuels had two prior felony drug convictions and was determined to be a ...

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all 6 numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night’s drawing. The numbers ...

Plenty of pumpkins at area patches

ESCANABA — Pumpkin season has arrived in the U.P., and there are plenty of pumpkins to be had by all. Whether it’s a pumpkin for decorating the stoop for Halloween, a pumpkin for a recipe, or one to bait the deer, the perfect pumpkin can be found at the many pumpkin stands in the ...

Board looks at job training program

GLADSTONE — Multiple proposed projects which Gladstone Area Schools is involved with are moving on to the next phase of the Marshall Plan for Talent funding application process, Superintendent Jay Kulbertis said. Kulbertis gave members of the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education an ...

Esky schools receive good audit report

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Board of Education heard the outcome of an audit covering the 2017-2018 Escanaba school year Monday night. Audit Manager Michael Sparling, of the auditing firm Rehmann, presented a slide show highlighting the findings. The general fund revenues budget revealed the ...

Coast Guard approves anchor ban in Straits

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says ships can’t drop anchor in the Straits of Mackinac unless they have permission. The area between Michigan’s two peninsulas has an oil pipeline, known as Line 5, as well as electrical cables. The Coast Guard says the goal is to ...

UPtoberfest brings sold out crowd

ESCANABA — Roughly 1,000 people came to Ludington Park Saturday to enjoy beer and wine while supporting the United Way of Delta County (UWDC) at the 13th annual UPtoberfest. According to Bay de Noc Brewers Vice President Josh Marenger, tickets for this festival sold more quickly than ever in ...

Dog park to open by spring

ESCANABA — Work towards the creation of a new dog park at the Delta County Airport continues, said Escanaba Recreation Director Kim Peterson, who expects the park to open by the spring of 2019. During a recent meeting of the Escanaba Recreation Advisory Board, Peterson said an official ...

LaChance State Farm Agency offers variety of services

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is the Tom LaChance State Farm Agency in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Since it opened its doors earlier this year, things have ...

Local resident to compete in Paralymics

ESCANABA — Local martial artists Justin Rankin, who has cerebral palsy, is going to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 as a USA Taekwondo Paralympian. In addition, he has been awarded five gold and one silver medal in competitions this year and started teaching taekwondo in Escanaba at ...

United Way celebrates 75 years

ESCANABA — The United Way of Delta County (UWDC) is currently in the midst of its annual fall fundraising campaign. UWDC Executive Director Julie Mallard said this organization is observing a major milestone in 2018. “It’s our 75th anniversary this year,” she said. While the UWDC ...

Esky road ­closures planned

ESCANABA — There are three separate road construction projects affecting traffic within the city of Escanaba over the next two weeks. The areas of construction and dates for road closures are: 3rd Avenue North, North ­Lincoln Road to Stephenson Avenue On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the city of ...

Scramble for holiday workers already near fever pitch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies that depend on holiday season sales will need more workers at a time when the ranks of the unemployed have dwindled to their lowest level since the recession. Envisioning an even tougher struggle than in recent years, many are taking steps they’ve not tried ...

Historic Blaney Lodge destroyed by blaze

GERMFASK — The historic Blaney Lodge Bed and Breakfast located on M-77 in Germfask was destroyed by fire Thursday. According to a Facebook post on the bed and breakfast’s official page, no one was inside the building or hurt in the blaze. Cottages and other outbuildings were saved, and ...

Chamber celebrates Delta County

HARRIS — Delta County’s best were given a taste of German hospitality Thursday at the annual Delta County Chamber Dinner at the Island Resort and Casino. The Oktoberfest-themed event brought together distinguished community members, businesses and organizations for an evening of awards, ...

Players production begins tonight

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Autumn Fournier, left, playing the role of “Kira,” and Jesse Traub, in the role of “Clyde,” participate in a dress rehearsal for the one-act play “I Don’t Mind That You’re Ugly” Thursday. Players de Noc will present a double feature including this ...